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Weeks of Russian attacks on Mariupol have left 21K or more dead, mayor says; holiday could mark key deadline in war

Written by Nuel

A key strategic city in Ukraine has now endured more than six weeks of a brutal Russian siege, putting up a fierce resistance that has so far helped thwart Moscow’s plans to control eastern Ukraine’s industrial heartland.

But shortages of weapons and supplies are threatening Mariupol’s ability to resist Russian forces.

Once a city of 450,000, now only 120,000 people live there. At least 21,000 people have been killed in Mariupol, Mayor Vadym Boychenko said. Bodies were “carpeted through the streets.”


Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the city’s fate is being discussed among the country’s leaders: “The details cannot be made public now, but we are doing everything we can to save our people,” Zelenskyy said Friday.


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The city was thrust into the international spotlight in early March with the bombing of a maternity hospital, an attack Western leaders have described as a war crime.” The airstrike killed three civilians, including a child, and left 17 wounded.


Afterward, 300 individuals passed on in a Russian airstrike on the Mariupol Drama Theater that was being utilized as a safe house. It had “Kids” imprinted in Russian in white letters on the asphalt outside – a bombed endeavor to forestall an assault.

A touch of uplifting news: Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s most extravagant man, has promised to assist with reconstructing the conflict desolated city, he said in a meeting with Reuters.

In the interim, Zelenskyy keeps on calling for additional external help for his nation – including more and quicker military guide, as well as an oil ban on Russia.

That could decide “the number of more Ukrainians the have opportunity and energy to kill,'” he said.



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Latest developments

► Russian forces resumed scattered attacks on Kyiv, western Ukraine and beyond Saturday. One person was reportedly killed and several wounded in a missile strike that hit Ukraine’s capital Kyiv early Saturday.

►The governor of the Kharkiv region says seven people, including a 7-month-old child, were killed in shelling of a residential neighborhood in the city.


► Russia and Ukraine on Saturday settled upon nine helpful halls across a few urban communities.

►President Joe Biden isn’t set to visit Ukraine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told the webcast “Case Save America” Thursday.



21 journalists confirmed dead since start of war

Ukraine’s parliament on Saturday confirmed the deaths of 21 journalists who died while covering the war in Ukraine and expressed “sincere condolences” to the families of the victims.



“We request a worldwide reaction to the violations submitted by the Russian occupiers in Ukraine, including the annihilation of free media,” the assertion peruses. “Data is a weapon. What’s more, columnists, as fighters of the data front, make their important commitment to our triumph.”

The rundown of those expired incorporates famous Ukrainian photojournalist Maxim Levin and Fox News cameraperson Pierre Zakrzewski.


Fake security service messages are new Russian cyber attack, Ukraine officials claim

Russian cyberhackers are posing as the Security Service of Ukraine in hopes of tricking Ukrainians into downloading viruses, Ukraine’s information protection agency said Saturday.


The State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine said in a Telegram post that the agitators are utilizing well known couriers and requesting that clients download a document with directions on “acceptable behavior during the wartime time frame,” yet the record is an infection. The primary focuses of the assaults are government employees, the organization said.


“The adversary doesn’t quit attempting to put together digital assaults in Ukraine,” the organization said. “Also, despite the fact that they are generally fruitless, every one of us should focus on data security.”

The data assurance organization avowed that the Security Service of Ukraine doesn’t convey such messages and urged Ukrainians to reconsider drawing in with comparable messages.



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